The small but diverse country known as Malta is made up of a total of 21 islands, known as the Maltese Archipelago. Only 3 of those islands are inhabited; Malta, Gozo and Comino. Malta has a population of 300,000 people, Gozo has 37,000 people, whereas Comino has one family of 4 people living there. Surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, it shows evidence of historical immigration and ruled by a range of different nations including Romans, French and the Brits.
Gozo, the second-largest island in the archipelago, is home to around 10% of the total population of Malta, known as Gozitans. Although small, it is often remarked as the best island for its rich culture, green landscape and a quieter, more peaceful atmosphere. The island is profoundly known for its famous landmarks including Ggantija Temples, one of the oldest freestanding monument in the world, as well as the former Azure Window, a remarkable natural stone arch that was formed millions of years ago. Other popular landmarks include the Citadel, Calypso Cave and a variety of exquisite churches, sanctuaries and shrines, totalling over 46, including the prominent Ta’ Pinu.
The island, which is only 14 km (8 mi) long by 7 km (4 mi) wide, attracts many different types of tourists, from those looking to relax to those who are looking for adventure. With rural hiking paths, to golden sandy beaches, there is something for everyone. Gozo is also considered one of the top diving destinations in the Mediterranean and is a hotspot for watersports.
The most popular villages for tourists to visit and stay are Xaghra, Marsalforn and Xlendi. Boasting seaside amenities such as restaurants, cafes, watersports, diving centres and more, both Marsalforn and Xlendi is where the action is happening during the Summer months. Xaghra, on the other hand, is busy all-year-round. Due to the vast amount of facilities including restaurants, pharmacies, supermarkets and banks, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for.
Gozo is not just a Summer destination as there is always something to do. In the Spring and Autumn months, it attracts tourists who are looking to enjoy the island in less extreme heats so that they can enjoy activities such as horseback riding. In Winter, Gozo is more alive than ever. Hosting one of the biggest nativities in Europe.